The Best Full-Face Helmets Under $500

About Our Selections

When it comes to recommending gear, we consider everything from safety certifications to ease of changing out a visor, and everything in between. To make it on this list, a helmet has to provide the best protection for its price above all else, with considerations given to ventilation, head shape, weight, and the like.

However, there is no "magic formula" that definitively says "Buy this helmet and disregard the rest." These selections are made with educated opinions, sometimes even on-head time with a review, but the best way to find which helmet works for you is to head down to your local gear shop and try a few on.

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An updated rider favorite

Scorpion EXO-ST1400 Carbon

A feature packed carbon helmet from Scorpion at their usual astonishingly budget price

ICON Airflite MIPS Jewel

Multi-directional Impact Protection System, on a helmet under $500? You bet!

Sedici Strada II Solid & Strada II Primo

Two helmet models that feature one major and one minor difference between the two

Scorpion EXO-T520

An evolution of the older EXO-R520 to include new materials and technology in the budget helmet market


A sport touring helmet that is (quite literally) one of the "coolest" helmets under $500